San Francisco Prison Designation & Transfer Attorney
Department of Justice statistics indicate that 93.6 percent of federal criminal cases result in a guilty plea, 75.6 percent of the defendants who go to trial are convicted, 90% are sentenced, and 82.8 percent of those convicted received a prison term. For many federal criminal defendants where they do their time is as important as how much time they’ll do.
The Law Offices of Alan Ellis assists convicted defendants in obtaining designation and placement to the most favorable prison available as close to their home as possible. The firm utilizes the services of a former Bureau of Prisons Regional Designator in attempting to achieve this result.
During their incarceration, inmates often want to be transferred to another prison facility. With the help of its federal prison consultant, the firm attempts to help defendants achieve this goal.
Also while incarcerated, inmates may find themselves in trouble with Bureau of Prisons (BOP) authorities prior to incarceration. The firm counsels these individuals on how to avoid these problems [see the article on "How to Do Time"] and when this is unavoidable, how to respond to charges that are brought against them.
From time to time inmates experience other problems such as medical issues which have not been adequately treated, sentence computation errors, halfway house placement., etc. The firm, with the assistance of its' BOP medical consultant, a former Bureau of Prisons Director of Health Services helps inmates with these problems.
The Law Offices of Alan Ellis limits its practice to representing federal criminal defendants in plea negotiations, sentencing representation and consultation; Rule 35 Motions; prison designation, transfers, disciplinary matters and other problems; direct criminal appeals; 2255 habeas corpus motions and other post conviction remedies; and international prisoner treaty transfer work for foreign inmates and Americans arrested abroad. Its goal is to secure for its clients the lowest possible sentence at the best possible facility with the best possibility for early release.
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Federal Prision Practice Tips, Criminal Justice, Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2012
"Federal Sentencing" Looking at the BOPs Amended RDAP Rules, ABA Criminal Justice, Fall 2011 (PDF)
"How to do time", Ellis and Henderson 2008 Federal Prison Guidebook, PDF
"Sins and Admissions: Getting into the Top Prisons" The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2009 (PDF)
"Where Does Bernie Go From Here? Part II With Lawyer Alan Ellis," The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2009 (PDF)
"More on Madoff: Talking Life Behind Bars, with Lawyer Alan Ellis," The Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2009 (PDF)
"BOP Health Care: What You (and Your Clients) Need to Know", ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2009 (PDF)
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"Securing the Best Placement and Earliest Release", ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2008 (PDF)
"Bureau of Prisons Revamps Prison Designation Process", The Champion, December 2007 (PDF)
"Reducing Recidivism: The Bureau of Prisons' Comprehensive Residential Drug Abuse Program" The Champion, July 2006 (PDF)
"Best Places To Go To Prison," Forbes, April 18, 2006
"Getting Out Early: BOP Drug Program," ABA Criminal Justice, Summer 2005 (PDF)
For more information about prison designation, transfers and disciplinary matters, medical and other problems please contact the Law Offices of Alan Ellis